Military Factory

Guns from 1930 to 1939

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/18/2015

Throughout the 1930s, the stage was being set for total war that would culminate in the aptly-titled conflict known as World War 2.





There are a total of (79) Firearms from 1930 to 1939 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. This listing also includes smallarms of the period such as hand grenades and mortar systems.




1936
5cm leichte Granatwerfer 36 (leGrW 36)
The 5-cm Granatwerfer 36 (abbreviated as "leGrW 36") was the standard light mortar utilized by the G... [Read More]
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1934
8cm schwere Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34)
The 8-cm Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34) - Heavy Grenade-Launcher Model 1934 - was a German Army favorite t... [Read More]
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1939
Arisaka Type 99 (Rifle)
The Type 99 was one of the standard bolt-action combat rifles to be utilized by the Empire of Japan ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Arisaka Type 99 (Rifle)

1934
Beretta Model 1934
Beretta - founded as far back as 1526 in Brescia, Italy - introduced their first semi-automatic pist... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Beretta Model 1934

1935
Beretta Model 1935
The storied firearms concern of Beretta was founded in 1526 by Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta out of Bre... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Beretta Model 1935

1938
Beretta Model 38A
Italian submachine guns were born from the original Fiat-Revelli Modello 1915 "Villar-Perosa" weapon... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Beretta Model 38A

1938
BESA (Gun, Machine, 7.92mm, BESA)
The British Army, heading into World War 2, adopted several machine guns of Czech design - the BREN ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BESA (Gun, Machine, 7.92mm, BESA)

1937
Boys ATR
Recognizing the increased reliance on armor by the world's armies in the lead-up to World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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1937
Brandt mle 35 (Mortier Brandt de 60mm modele 35)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Brandt mle 35 (Mortier Brandt de 60mm modele 35)

1937
Brandt mle 37 (Mortier Brandt de 50mm modele 37)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Brandt mle 37 (Mortier Brandt de 50mm modele 37)

1935
Breda Hand Grenade Model 1935
In 1935, just prior to World War 2, the Italian Army adopted three infantry hand grenades under the... [Read More]
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1930
Breda Modello 30 (Breda 30)
Prior to World War 1 (1914-1918), Breda Meccanica Bresciana (or simply "Breda") was a heavy industry... [Read More]
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1938
BREN LMG
The BREN Light Machine Gun was the standard light machine gun of the British Army and Commonwealth f... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the BREN LMG

1935
Browning High-Power / FN GP35
The Browning High-Power (or Fabrique Nationale FN GP35 - "GP" for "Grande Puissance") has a lineage ... [Read More]
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1930
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 30
Czechoslovakia proved itself a most capable arms developer during the interwar years between World W... [Read More]
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1938
Ceska Zbrojovka ZK-383
The ZK-383 was a local Czech development of a submachine gun system brought about prior to World War... [Read More]
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1938
DShK Model 1938
The Soviet DShK Model 1938 heavy machine gun was developed to a Red Army requirement prior to World ... [Read More]
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1932
Enfield No. 2
Since World War 1, the British Army appreciated its large caliber revolvers mainly due to their inhe... [Read More]
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1939
F1 (Hand Grenade - Soviet)
"F1" is used to designate a variety of hand grenades of modern design and of the 20th century. The S... [Read More]
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1930
Fabrique Nationale FN M1930 (BAR)
The original Browning Automatic Rifle was developed for the US Army during World War 1 to replace th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN M1930 (BAR)

1933
Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB
Like other John Browning gun designs, his famous Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun ended up produced in ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN M2HB

1932
Fabrique Nationale FN Mle D (BAR)
The original John Browning M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) was introduced during World War 1 wi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Fabrique Nationale FN Mle D (BAR)

1935
FEG 35M (Mannlicher M1935)
Following the end of World War 1, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was no more, giving rise to the "Kingd... [Read More]
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1937
FEG Model 37M
Hungarian engineer Rudolf Frommer worked his way up the company ranks of Budapest-based FEG ("Femaru... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the FEG Model 37M

1935
FIAT-Revelli Modello 1935
The FIAT-Revelli Model 1935 (Modello 35) of 1935 was a modernization of the World War 1-era FIAT-Rev... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the FIAT-Revelli Modello 1935

1935
Flammenwerfer 35 (FmW 35)
The crew-portable flamethrower came into prominence on the modern battlefield in World War 1 (1914-1... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Flammenwerfer 35 (FmW 35)

1937
Ithaca Model 37
The Ithaca Model 37 (M37) has proven a hugely popular pump-action slide shotgun since its introducti... [Read More]
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1935
Kb wz.35 (Marosczek)
The Poles were not wholly ill-equipped during the German invasion of September 1939. Its tank-stoppi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Kb wz.35 (Marosczek)

1935
Lahti L-35
Aimo Lahti lent his design talents to a new Finnish semi-automatic pistol which bears his name as th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Lahti L-35

1939
Lahti L-39
The Lahti L-39 was an indigenous Finnish 20mm anti-tank rifle design used during the "Winter War" of... [Read More]
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1935
Lanciafiamme Spalleggiato Modello 1935
The Italians joined the Germans, Americans, Soviets and British in deploying flamethrowers in World ... [Read More]
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1936
M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)
Little discussion can be had on the subject of American infantrymen in World War Two without the men... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1 Garand (United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1)

1938
M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)
The Thompson series of submachine guns (not quite a pistol yet not a full-fledged machine gun) began... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1 Thompson (Tommy Gun)

1937
M1937 82mm (82-PM 37)
The Soviet Union made use of several different mortar types throughout World War 2 covering calibers... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1937 82mm (82-PM 37)

1939
M1938 120mm (120-HM 38)
The M1938 120mm mortar was a field mortar system accepted into service with the Red Army in 1939. Th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1938 120mm (120-HM 38)

1938
M1938 50mm (50-RM 38)
The Red Army put much faith into mortar strength to augment their infantry capabilities leading into... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M1938 50mm (50-RM 38)

1936
MAS 36 (modele 36 / mle 36)
The MAS 36 was a solid, if unspectacular, French Army service rifle appearing in small quantities be... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the MAS 36 (modele 36 / mle 36)

1939
MAS 38 (Pistolet Mitrailleur MAS modele 38)
World War 1 introduced the concept of "machine pistols" to help bridge the gap between the portable ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the MAS 38 (Pistolet Mitrailleur MAS modele 38)

1932
Maschinengewehr Modell 15 (MG15)
The MG 15 machine gun served the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) heading into, and during, World War 2 ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Maschinengewehr Modell 15 (MG15)

1936
Maschinengewehr Modell 34 (MG34)
After World War 1 (1914-1918), the Treaty of Versailles forbade the Germans in developing or manufac... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Maschinengewehr Modell 34 (MG34)

1935
Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k
With origins dating as far back as World War 1, the famous German Army Kar 98k ("Kar" the abbreviati... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k

1934
Mendoza C-1934 (M1934)
Mexico is not a nation one thinks about when they think of indigenous firearms design and developmen... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mendoza C-1934 (M1934)

1939
Model 39 Eihandgranate (Mod39) (Egg Hand Grenade)
The German Army hand grenade of choice throughout World War 1 (1914-1918) was the "Stick Grenade" ("... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Model 39 Eihandgranate (Mod39) (Egg Hand Grenade)

1935
Mortaio da 81/14 Modello 35
The Italian Army made use of two main mortar designs during World War 2 - the 45mm Modello 35 and th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Mortaio da 81/14 Modello 35

1935
Mortaio d'assalto 45/5 Brixia, Modello 35
Like all other modern militaries participating in World War 2, the Italian Army adopted a light infa... [Read More]
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1935
Mortar, 81mm M1
The American M1 81mm Mortar, like the upcoming M2 60mm Mortar, was based on a French design by Edgar... [Read More]
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1938
MP38 (Maschinenpistole 38)
The MP38 served as the predecessor to the well known MP40 series of mass-produced submachine guns de... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the MP38 (Maschinenpistole 38)

1938
Ordnance ML 2-inch Mortar
The Ordnance ML 2-inch Mortar Mk II was an infantry-based, squad-level mortar weapon system standard... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Ordnance ML 2-inch Mortar

1935
OTO Hand Grenade Model 1935
Italian Army infantry elements of World War 2 relied on three hand grenades of varying effectiveness... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the OTO Hand Grenade Model 1935

1938
Panzerbuchse 38 (PzB 38)
The Panzerbusche 38 (PzB 38) was an early World War 2 (1939-1945) anti-tank rifle design by Gustloff... [Read More]
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1939
Panzerbuchse 39 (PzB 39)
The Panzerbusche 39 (PzB 39) was a short-lived anti-tank rifle utilized by the German Army in World ... [Read More]
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1938
Pistolet wz.35 Vis (Radom)
The Polish wz.35 pistol was one of the finest semi-automatic handguns of her era, appearing just sho... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Pistolet wz.35 Vis (Radom)

1935
PPD SMG
The submachine became a Soviet Army staple in World War 2 when automatic weapons were selected ahead... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the PPD SMG

1935
ROKS (Ranzewuj Ognemjot)
Like other world powers of World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union evaluated and ultimately adopte... [Read More]
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1935
Savage Arms M720
The Savage M720 existed as a semi-automatic, repeat-fire shotgun delivered by the Savage Arms Compan... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Savage Arms M720

1938
Solothurn S18-100
The rise of the tank in World War 1 (1914-1918) forced the development of tank-killing systems to fo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Solothurn S18-100

1930
Solothurn-Steyr S1-100 (MP34)
Because of the restrictions placed upon it following its defeat in World War 1 (1914-1918), the nati... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Solothurn-Steyr S1-100 (MP34)

1935
SRCM Hand Grenade Model 1935 / 1938
The Italian Army of World War 2 utilized three primary hand grenade series all under the designation... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the SRCM Hand Grenade Model 1935 / 1938

1935
Star Model Si35
The Spanish-originated Star Si35 became a very conventional submachine gun offering of the interwar ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Star Model Si35

1931
Suomi KP/-31 (Konepistooli m/31)
When World War 2 began in September of 1939, Poland was split into two halves by the victors - the N... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Suomi KP/-31 (Konepistooli m/31)

1938
Tokarev SVT-38
The Tokarev SVT-38 was the beginning of the Tokarev line of self-loading, automatic service rifles. ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tokarev SVT-38

1930
Tokarev TT-30
The Tokarev TT-30 was a semi-automatic pistol, essentially a Soviet copy of a Browning-Colt design, ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tokarev TT-30

1933
Tokarev TT-33
The T-33 was a further development of the TT-30 pistol series which, itself, was based on the design... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Tokarev TT-33

1935
Type 24 (Chiang Kai-Shek Rifle)
Having purchased stocks of the bolt-action German Mauser Kar 98 rifle, itself a shortened form of th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 24 (Chiang Kai-Shek Rifle)

1931
Type 91 (Grenade)
... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 91 (Grenade)

1932
Type 92 Shiki Kikanju (HMG)
The Type 92 Shiki Kikanju Heavy Machine Gun was utilized as the standard heavy machine gun by the Im... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 92 Shiki Kikanju (HMG)

1933
Type 93 / Type 100
When actions of World War 1 (1914-1918) proved the viability of man-portable flamethrowers on the ba... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 93 / Type 100

1935
Type 94 90mm
The Type 94 infantry mortar was a large-caliber field weapon of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) tha... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 94 90mm

1936
Type 96 LMG
The Type 96 Light Machine Gun served with the Imperial Japanese Army from 1936 to the end of World W... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 96 LMG

1937
Type 97 (Grenade)
By the time of World War 2 (1939-1945), many national powers had standardized on an anti-personnel f... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 (Grenade)

1937
Type 97 81mm
The Imperial Japanese Army made use of various lobbed ordnance weapon systems throughout World War 2... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 81mm

1937
Type 97 90mm (mortar)
In an effort to reduce production costs and speed up delivery, the Type 97 mortar of 1937 was develo... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 90mm (mortar)

1939
Type 97 ATR (Kyuunana-Shiki Jidouho)
The Empire of Japan tried to outdue all of her wartime counterparts with the introduction of the Typ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 ATR (Kyuunana-Shiki Jidouho)

1939
Type 99 (Grenade)
The hand grenade had origins in ancient history when it was learned that flammable contents could be... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 99 (Grenade)

1939
Type 99 LMG
The Type 99 served the Imperial Japanese Army during most of World War 2. It was designed to take ad... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 99 LMG

1938
Walther P38 (Pistole 38)
The Walter concern of German designed and developed the "Pistole 38" ("P38") semi-automatic pistol a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Walther P38 (Pistole 38)

1931
Walther PPK (Polizei Pistole Kriminalmodell)
Walther introduced their original PP ("Polizei Pistole") compact semi-automatic pistol in 1929 and i... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Walther PPK (Polizei Pistole Kriminalmodell)

1939
Welrod (Assassin's Pistol)
The Welrod was designed in the early part of World War 2 after a very short development period by th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Welrod (Assassin's Pistol)

1936
Winchester Model 70
In 1925, the storied Winchester Repeating Arms Company unveiled their Model 54 bolt-action rifle for... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Winchester Model 70